• Elon Musk's Tesla gigafactory stormed by dozens of masked protesters

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    Protesters have stormed the fence at Tesla Gigafactory in Germany in the
    latest blow to Elon Musk's embattled company.

    It comes after Tesla told workers at the Berlin facility to stay home
    Friday after environmental activists announced they would be staging
    protests outside the site.

    German newspaper Berliner Zeitung reports that some 1,200 people were protesting outside on Friday morning, in the largest demonstration at the
    plant to date.

    According to the outlet, some demonstrators broke through police barriers before being stopped by officers.

    The EV giant, co-founded by billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk, told
    employees on Tuesday that work should stop late on Wednesday before
    restarting late Sunday, The Washington Times reports.

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    Thursday is a holiday in Germany, meaning Tesla staff are having a four-
    day break.

    Andre Thierig, senior manufacturing director at the Berlin plant wrote on
    X, formerly Twitter, that the decision was made to close the factory on
    Friday out of concern for the safety of employees.

    It marked the second time Tesla has closed operations at the facility this year. In March, a group of environmental activists reportedly claimed responsibility for an explosion that destroyed a high-voltage electricity pylon, cutting off the power supply to the factory.

    According to reports, eco-activists have also been encamped in the forest surrounding the facility for weeks.

    Tesla opened the factory in Gruenheide, just outside Berlin, in March 2022
    - launching a challenge to German automakers on their home turf.

    Tesla wants to expand the facility to add a freight depot, warehouses and
    a company kindergarten. Those plans would entail felling more than 100
    hectares (247 acres) of forest.

    That has drawn opposition from environmentalists and some other local
    groups, who also worry about possible effects on the area's water supply.

    In a nonbinding vote in mid-February, residents of the Gruenheide
    municipality rejected Tesla's plans, which still need approval by local authorities.

    About 12,500 people work at the plant.

    Tesla has been approached via email for comment.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/elon-musk-s-tesla-gigafactory- stormed-by-dozens-of-masked-protesters/ar-BB1m9R2R

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